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SERVICE: Google launched Google Web Accelerator Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 05.05.05 - 20:39:56 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 11200x
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Web accelerating seems to become more and more a serious business for several reasons. While I was reporting yesterday about OnSpeed which supports Pocket PCs now (but requires a subscription fee), today Google (I don't think I need to explain it) launched its Google Web Accelerator Beta which is an application that uses the power of Google's global computer network to make web pages load faster. Google Web Accelerator requires to download and install it, and from then on many web pages will automatically load faster than before (wonder if the::unwired is one of them? ;-))

As said, Google Web Accelerator is currently in beta test mode. If you have any problems using it or have suggestions for how we can improve it, please see the Google Group devoted to it. Also note that during the first part of our beta testing period, users outside of North America and Europe may not see much improvement in their web page loading speed.

Google Web Accelerator uses various strategies to make your web pages load faster, including:

  • Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google Web Accelerator traffic.
  • Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them quickly accessible.
  • Downloading only the updates if a web page has changed slightly since you last viewed it.
  • Prefetching certain pages onto your computer in advance.
  • Managing your Internet connection to reduce delays.
  • Compressing data before sending it to your computer.

However, Dial-up users may not see much improvement, as Google Web Accelerator is currently optimized to speed up web page loading for broadband connections.

Hmmm, not sure if I like the idea too much at all. While I'm a big fan of Google in general, acting as a proxy offers them many options to change contents (replacing site-ads with their own one), changing Google rankings and let them know where I used to surf to. Like with all accelerators (or at least most of them), privacy is gone.

What do you think? Have anyone of you tried Google Accelerator already?

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by jomni on 06.05.05 - 02:28:18

What? You can't use this for dial-up?  It's the dial-up users who need boosting badly and not boradband.  There's some weird logic behind this.

Posted by peebee on 06.05.05 - 10:11:39

From Google's Web Accelerator privacy statement:

Google does not require any personal information when you download Google Web Accelerator, although we do collect standard information about your computer, such as the type of browser you use, etc.

When you use Google Web Accelerator, Google servers receive and log your page requests. Page requests and data sent in encrypted form using an HTTPS connection will not go through Google. It is possible that some personally identifiable information could be sent to Google, if the information is sent without using an encrypted (HTTPS) connection.

To enhance Google Web Accelerator's performance, Google temporarily caches cookies from third party sites that are used in your Web requests. For more information, please see our FAQ.

To accelerate delivery of content, Google Web Accelerator retrieves and caches webpages before you request them. Therefore, your Google Web Accelerator cache may include copies of webpages you have not visited. You can clear the cache following instructions in the FAQ.

- So they log things like your browser and OS (Every site can)
- They log only HTTP requests. This could contain more info than you would like to share with a third party. Like this site. Your Login/Password are not sent through HTTPS and therefore will pass the Google harvesting module
- Your cookies, containing whatever the sitebuilder want to store in it, will be stored in the Google datamining system. There is no definition for temporary
- Every page you request, is stored. Including for instance non-HTTPS pages with your info.

My guess this tool is used by google to enhance their search database to page which they normally do not index. Besides that they can see which pages are popular and use that in their Google-index algorithm.

I am not gonna use it.

(Edit: Hurah; see I am ready for the raffle. I'm gonna win a i-mate Jam smile )

Posted by Stephan Schmidt on 07.05.05 - 13:40:43

I don't like the idea. It seems that they want to know - and log - everything about my behavior in the internet. :-(

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